The BFEC provides a variety of habitats that can be used for student projects. Even before it's formal designation as The Brown Family Environmental Center students were utilizing the area for a variety of research projects. Currently, four Kenyon faculty are collaborating with students to conduct research on wetlands, forest structure, seed dispersal, and bird behavior and population biology. If interested, contact Siobhan Fennessy (wetlands), Drew Kerkhoff (forest structure), Bob Mauck (bird behavior), or Ray Heithaus (seed dispersal and ant ecology). Some historical examples of research collaborations with Kenyon students are given below. Research also is part of many classes, so that class and independent projects are diverse.
Mitchell, C., L. Blumer, and E. R. Heithaus. 1990. the genetic structure of the mottled sculpin, Cottus bairdii. Ohio Journal of Science 90(2):68.
Stephens, L., and E. R. Heithaus. 1991. How density and dispersal influence inbreeding in Trillium grandiflorum. Ohio Journal of Science 91(2):71.
Liu, S. Y., and E. R. Heithaus. 1994. Foraging responses by Aphaenogaster rudis to variable food rewards on seeds of Sanguinaria canadensis. Ohio Journal of Science 94(2):23.
Morales, M. A., and E. R. Heithaus. 1994. the effects of Sanguinaria canadensis elaiosomes on population dynamics of Aphenogaster rudis. Ohio Journal of Science 94(2):23.
Myers, M. C., E. R. Heithaus, P. A. Heithaus. 1996. Genetic responses of fish in small streams to landscape variation. Ohio Journal of Science 96(2):19.
Bidlingmeyer, Lisa Marie. 1996. Genetic responses of headwater stream fish, Campostoma anomalum and Semotilus atromaculatus to patterns of agricultural land management.
Myers, M. C. 1996. Genetic responses of fish in small streams to landscape variation.
Sprowls, Emily Diane. 1997. Assessment of the genetic population structure of rainbow darters (Etheostoma caeruleum) in the Kokosing River watershed by RAPD fingerprinting.
Schiller, Beth. 1997. Monoculture vs. Polyculture: the Relationship of Cultivation Practice to Plant Growth, Labor Input and Yeild in tow Varieties of Zea mays
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Marx, Laura 1998. Effects of Sorghum and Sudangrass on Weeds
Ripple, Ben. 1997. Forest Regeneration Related to Herbivory by Deer at the BFEC
Kelley, A., J. McCarthy, K. Mathur, M. Dawson. 1994. Baseline Physical Survey of Wolf Run, Spring 1994.
Gucanac, J. & M. Fote. 1994. A Physio-Chemical analysis of the Water in Wolf Run
Lau, K. 1994. Identification of Algal Types Present in Wolf Run.
Knudsen, A. 1994. A Baseline Study of Vascular Plants along Wolf Run.
Anson, J. T. 1994. A Preliminary Study of Vascular Plants and sunlight Intensity at Five Stream Communities in Knox County, Ohio
Mortensen, H. 1994. A Baseline Study of the Invertebrates of Wolf Run, a Tributary of the Kokosing River, Knox County, Ohio.
Garrett, S.L. 1994. Invertebrate Diversity Survey: Kenyon College Nature Preserve Report.
Klope, V. & D. Geller. 1994. Identification of the Fish in Wolf Run.
Doebele, S. M. & L. Goins 1994. A Study of Two Tree Communities: differences in Species Diversity and Biomass for Different Locations on Two Slopes.
Haslett, P. 1994. The Effects of Stream Flow and dilution on Agricultural contamination and Lotic Phytoplankton Communities at the Intersection of two streams.
Huxley, M. 1994. Effects of Grass shading on Early Growth of Mid-Ohio Meadow Herbs.
Lambert, L. 1994. The Effects of Stream Current Velocity and Depth on Population Density of Caddisfly Larvae.
Levine, A. R. 1994. Structural, Seasonal, Age and species Differences in the Phenolic concentration in Red and White Pines.
Morales, M. A. 1994. Does foraging Strategy Change between Habitat Types? An Indirect Test of Relative Abundance.
Dennison, J. & T. Rand. 1996. The Colonization Rates by Macroinvertebrates in Leached and Unleached Leaves in a Small Ohio Stream.
Di Lisi, J. & J. Schuermeyer. 1997. Smooth, Rough, and Textured Artificial substrate Colonization of Aquatic Insects in a Riffle Along Wolf Run in Gambier, Ohio.
Hartley, M. & Nesser, N. 1998. The Effects of Bird Size, Flocking Strategies, and Cover Around Feeders on Bird Foraging Behavior